Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA 71497
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Northwestern State University of Louisiana is one of the seventeen public 4-year colleges in Louisiana. The campus is located in Natchitoches town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 10,572 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,542 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,172 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 76%). Every year 39% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

NSU's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $5,180, and fees were $2,742. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $15,968 and $2,742 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students10,572
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 8 70
Bachelor's degree 40 189
Master's degree 12 63
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 2 11
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
07/01/1941 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1974 - Current
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT900 to 1110
ACT19 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $20
Graduates $25

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$216/credit
In State Students$216/credit
Out of State Students$216/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$319/credit
In State Students$319/credit
Out of State Students$444/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,720 $9,720 $9,720
ADN 70 $15,120 $15,120 $15,120
BSN 125 $27,000 $27,000 $27,000
FNP 50 $15,950 $15,950 $22,200
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of Northwestern State University of Louisiana's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 51% $4,679
Other Federal Grant 7% $1,736
State Grant & Scholarships 77% $4,414
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 65% $4,480
Federal Student Loans 59% $5,368
Private Loans 3% $7,593


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$9,805
$30,001 to $48,000$10,809
$48,001 to $75,000$12,144
$75,001 to $110,000$13,464
Over $110,000$13,048

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Louisiana state board of nursing.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
175 Sam Sibley Drive
Natchitoches, LA 71497

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